The size and scope of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill being pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have come under harsh scrutiny by many conservatives on Capitol Hill.
For his part, U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) asserted during remarks this week on the topic that Pelosi was effectively stealing from the nation’s children, describing the bill and its advancement in the House through the reconciliation process as “hot garbage.”
“The want to stick it in a rule”
He criticized the House speaker for her attempts to claim that the bill would actually help America’s children.
“This budget steals from our children because we’ve already spent our money, folks,” Donalds declared. “We are now stealing tax dollars from young Americans who’ve not worked a day in our society. They haven’t even been able to get their education yet but we’re stealing their tax money out the back door and they don’t even have … the resolve to vote for it. They want to stick it in a rule.”
He capped off his critique with a pithy summary: “That’s trash. It’s garbage. It’s hot garbage.”
Donalds said Pelosi’s plan would not have survived the standard legislative process in which members from both parties attempt to hash out a budget in committee hearings. Instead, he accused the speaker of shoving it into a reconciliation package that would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority vote in the Senate.
The huge bill contains provisions to fund universal pre-kindergarten and tuition-free community college as well as a provision for what many GOP critics describe as amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
“This is not leadership, it’s cowardice”
In his remarks, Donalds argued that the entire ordeal amounts to a “sham” and a “travesty,” asserting that an amnesty bill would never make it through Congress as a standalone bill.
“I’m pissed about it,” he declared. “Our members are pissed about it — because this is not leadership, it’s cowardice. But what else would you expect from a party that’s leaving Americans behind enemy lines?”
As for the expensive bill’s chances of passing in the Senate, it would take every Democrat voting in favor for it to advance without any GOP support. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has signaled that she is not on board with such an astronomical price tag.
Beyond the budget, Donalds called on the president to resign over his botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s rapid rise to power in that country.
If that is the case, it appears that Pelosi and other House Democrats have wasted everyone’s time during a national crisis to pass a bill that will not even make it through the Senate in its current form.